Genesis Open 2017 Betting Preview

Keegan Bradley (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Coral
Brandt Snedeker (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Stan James
JB Holmes (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Betfred


The PGA Tour’s West Coast swing continues with the Genesis Open 2017, formerly known as the Northern Trust Open, which takes place at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. As you would expect from a course which sits between Santa Monica and the Hollywood Hills, surrounded by multi-million dollar mansions which have been home to superstars from Elvis Presley to Justin Bieber, it features a beautiful design loved by the legendary Ben Hogan, earning it the nickname Hogan’s Alley. Stay on the fairways and the ball sits up beautifully on the kikuyu grass, but the rough can be punishing. It is renowned also for the par 3 sixth, which has a bunker cut into the centre of the putting surface.


After his superb performance at Pebble Beach, Jordan Spieth is the 8/1 favourite at Coral to secure back-to-back PGA Tour titles. Dustin Johnson has finished in the top five at this event in five of the last seven years and is the second favourite at 10/1 with BetVictor, which is the same price that several firms are quoting about Hideki Matsuyama – who leads the FedEx Cup standings and who has finished 11th and fourth on his two appearances here. Having finished fifth at Pebble Beach, Jason Day is at 16/1 with BetVictor and Coral, while Adam Scott and recent Dubai Desert Classic champion Sergio Garcia are considered the best of the rest, each at 25/1.


Keegan-BradleyKEEGAN BRADLEY was a top 20 player for his first 3 years on the PGA Tour and won the 2011 PGA Championship, but his career has stalled since 2013 and he slipped out of the top 100 on the FedEx Cup standings last season. But early signs this season are promising, with three top 10s and three other top 25 places from his 8 starts. Fourth at the Farmers Insurance event 2 weeks ago, just as he was at this event 2 years ago, he appeals at 80/1.

BRANDT SNEDEKERBRANDT SNEDEKER doesn’t have too many happy memories of this tournament and has skipped it a couple of times in recent years – but there’s a sense that he’s building up to something special after top 10 finishes at both the Farmers and at Pebble Beach, where he shared fourth place. He’s the big mover in the FedEx Cup standings and at 40/1 with Stan James he looks to be priced a little too big – especially as they are offering six places.

jb-holmesJB HOLMES is ticking along nicely, making the cut at his last eight events and finishing in the top 25 at the last two, and he’s another who holds plenty of appeal at a decent price of 50/1 at Betfred. Admittedly his form was a little better when he came here last year and finished 11th, while he was 22nd at this venue a year earlier. If he can sink a few more putts and gain some momentum he can get in among the leaders as he chases a fifth PGA Tour win.

Keegan Bradley (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Coral
Brandt Snedeker (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Stan James
JB Holmes (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Betfred